No waiver disbursement to Maharashtra farmers despite CM Devendra Fadnavis’ intervention
This has led to the state drawing criticism from all cornersmumbai Updated: Oct 27, 2017 10:10 IST
The Maharashtra government did not start disbursing loan waiver amount to farmers on Thursday despite chief minister Devendra Fadnavis directing officials to do it. Senior officials claim that the first list of eligible farmers will be cleared on Friday.
The state is still grappling with erroneous information on loan accounts of farmers provided by banks and could not clear first list of farmers eligible for the loan waiver scheme, the officials said.
This has led to the state drawing criticism from all corners as it has failed to deposit loan waiver amount in farmers’ accounts despite giving them no loan pending certificates.
Chief minister had directed the officials to start disbursing the loan amount to eligible farmers from Thursday. He had called an urgent state level bankers’ committee (SLBC) meeting on Wednesday after discrepancies were found in lakhs of account details of farmers. Of the 26 lakh bank account details provided by banks, the state has found nearly 2 lakh account details useful for verification process. “Our team is working round the clock to clear the names of eligible farmers. Even senior officers are personally monitoring the verification process. We are expecting to clear the first list by tomorrow (Friday),” said a senior official privy to the development.
The government has asked banks to open an independent account for loan waiver in which amount will be deposited as soon as banks clear loan amount of the eligible farmers. The list of the eligible farmers has to be provided by the state, said the official.
Fadnavis, on October 18, had declared that loan amount of 4.62 lakh farmers had been waived off for which the government is paying Rs 3,200 crore to banks. For farmers regularly repaying loan amount, the government will be spending Rs 800 crore covering 3.78 lakh farmers by giving maximum incentive of Rs 25,000 each.